A massive and superb sancai (three color) glazed pottery model of a Taoist official, among the largest known pottery models, China, Tang Dynasty, 618-907 AD.
The majestic Dignitary is here depicted in court robes in Sancai Technique of yellow and green flaze. He is standing on a large pedestal in an observant position, dressed in traditional sancai glazed robes typical of this epoch. His clasped hands are joined in front beneath his long sleeves.
A fearsome visage to his unglazed head, with remnants of different colour pigments. He wears the typical headdress for an official in the Tang dynasty ; The phoenix that decorates his headdress indicates that he serves in the court of the great immortal Xiwangmu – the Queen Mother of the West.
Size: 103 cm!. Among the largest tomb model pottery figures found.
Burial figures of such large size were manufactured for tombs belonging to the upper echelons of High Tang society. First discovered in the opening years of the 20th century, these figures have continued to be excavated in recent years. See, for example the sancai glazed pottery warrior figure unearthed in the eastern suburbs of Xi'an in 1984 (published in The Gems of Cultural Relics Compiled by the Shaanxi Provincial Museum, Shaanxi lu you chu ban she, 1992, p. 94, 86.7cm high); and a civil official in sancai glaze excavated from Guanlin in the city of Loyang, Henan (published in the exhibition, Imperial Tombs of China, Memphis, 1995, p. 113, 107cm high). A sancai glazed guardian figure from the Springfield Museums, Springfield Massachusetts, virtually identical to this lot, was sold in Christies, New York, sale 2689, 21-22 March 2013, lot 1162 (42in/106.7cm high). See also the sancai glazed standing dignitary of equally impressive size sold in Bonhams, San Francisco, sale 20982, 24 June 2013, lot 1172 (47 1/2in/120.5cm high).
Condition: In a superb condition for such a large and heavy piece. There's some signs of possible restoration of a crack in the legs, but if so it's not visible when you look up in the interiour of the figure.
TL-test: The figure comes with the original TL-test certifikat fra Oxford Authentication Ltd. no. C97s17, the test was made all the way back in 1997.
Ex. Swedish Private collection, ex. Swedish Antiquities dealer Björn Gremer (Antik Vest, Göteborg), priced at 135.000 Swedish Kronors (ca. $20.000) comes with COA.